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Thursday, March 30, 2006

Evidently True Love Doesn't Always Wait

Couple_1Although signing a formal purity pledge seems to prolong abstinence outside of marriage, the findings of a recent survey of Baptist newlyweds reveal that true love doesn't always wait -- even among Christians.

Byron Weathersbee, interim chaplain at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, conducted a study on the effects of sexual-purity pledges and sex education on abstinence before marriage in a Christian context. Baylor is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention.

As part of his research, Weathersbee surveyed young married couples of less than five years in Texas Baptist churches to determine the impact churches made on their sexual behavior. The majority of the couples surveyed admitted to having sexual intercourse prior to marriage. However, the study was consistent with previous findings in its suggestion that Baptist couples were more likely to save sex for their wedding night if they took a formal abstinence pledge.

Specifically, of the young Christians surveyed, six out of ten who made purity commitments did not have sexual intercourse until marriage, while only three of ten who did not pledge purity remained abstinent. Additional findings were:

  • 100 percent professed faith in Christ
  • 99 percent attended church
  • 84 percent grew up in church
  • 87 percent grew up in a two-parent home
  • 62 percent of males had premarital sex
  • 65 percent of females had premarital sex

"To a large degree, we're missing it," Weathersbee says. "The young people are receiving the data, but they're not translating it into values that result in a lifestyle of purity and holiness." Supporting the chaplain's assertion is another finding from his research: only 27 percent of the young people surveyed entered marriage "chaste," having refrained not only from intercourse but also from other sexual practices such as oral sex.

from Agape Press.

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Not too surprising. The author writes [...but they're not translating it into values that result in a lifestyle of purity and holiness...]. I would suggest that they are translating it into values, just not into action... or inaction, as the case would be.

Posted by: Peter Hamm | Mar 30, 2006 9:16:04 AM

Not surprising... All of us have been duped into think it is the right thing to do becasue of movies, t.v. shows, and the famous words of the 90's "PRACTICE SAFE SEX".
That is why I am talking to my kids about it now. My 5yr. son is in kindergarten and has already picked up on some things that the other kids have been talking about. I didn't go into full details with him but I had to explain to him that God created it for good not evil.

Posted by: Clairvoyent 1 | Mar 30, 2006 9:44:47 AM

"The young people are receiving the data, but they're not translating it into values that result in a lifestyle of purity and holiness."

I might note that it's not just young people. Many adults are engaging in the same behavior, but I guess we new that.

I believe that the problem we all face is that we depend on our knowledge of good and evil to help us make the right choices. The problem with that is that it leads to death according to scripture. What we need is to root ourselves in the Tree of Life (Jesus). Revelation will change behavior; knowledge will always find us vacillating between success and failure.

We need to somehow help people to fall deeply in love with Jesus. I'm all for teaching good moral values, but it seems we emphasize our choices rather than emphasizing Christ.

He really is the answer.

Posted by: Ed Mooneyhan | Mar 30, 2006 10:37:15 AM

Amen!

Posted by: Jeff | Mar 30, 2006 12:46:19 PM

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